10 Steps to Grow - Your Tips
Rich administrator Posts: 582 Site Admin
edited July 2014 in Thought Leadership
If you haven`t visited it, we have a cool step-by-step process in this site called, "10 Steps to Grow Your Business". We are interested in including your written tips in each of the steps within that process. Pick a step (or a few) you`d like to offer your personal tip for, and write it here below (approximately 150 words in length).We will select some of them and include them in the actual 10 Steps to Grow Your Business content on our site, with a link to your profile included. We may edit the tip slightly, but will ask for permission if it requires "significant" editing.You can find examples of these kinds of tips at the links below (within another popular step-by-step process at our site). While we generated these particular tips internally, going forward we want your real-world experiences to be in the spotlight instead!Example 1 (scroll to bottom of article)Example 2 (scroll to middle of article)Example 3 (scroll to middle of article)Thanks in advance for your contributions - it`s all in the spirit of sharing things that are tried and true and others can put to work for their own success!RichPS - this should not be primarily a product review or recommendation kind of tip. It should be more of an advice and tactics kind of tip.
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If you are going into your own business or plan on growing...
Act as if... and make it real!
*Think of a name and set up a Corporation or LLC
*Set up a filing cabinet for legal paperwork and correspondence
*Set up a phone number and virtual receptionist
*Get some business cards printed
*Start or continue reading magazines and books related to your industry.
*Find a mentor
Unfortunately the quality and integrity of the American workforce is significantly lacking. There is not much of a work ethic anymore. Some people will tell you aything to make a sale, or they will tell you what they think you want to hear. The best way I have found to get new business is to passively take it away from my competitors by simply doing what I say I will do for my customer. I don`t even have to do any thing extra because a lot of my competitors are so pathetic.
I am in the home healthcare business and a lot of my competitors think that, because their company has the "contract" the customer HAS to do business with them. I hope they never find out that it doesn`t work that way because it`s great for my business. It is so simple... treat EVERYONE with respect at all times. Don`t lie, and if you don`t know the answer to something, don`t make the answer up - admit that you don`t know. If you do these three simple things you will probably be head and shoulders above your competition in your prospective customer`s eyes. The TRUTH will set you free (and bring you a lot of business).
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